Preview - Chelsea vs Wolverhampton Wanderers 10 March 19

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Match Day 30
Chelsea vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sunday, March 10th 2019
22:05pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stamford Bridge

Last five matches form: L W L W W
Average goals per match: 1.75
Average goals against per match: 1.07
Top Scorer: Eden Hazard (12)

Wolverhampton Wanderers:
Last five matches form: W D D L W
Average goals per match: 1.28
Average goals against per match: 1.21
Top Scorer: Raul Jiménez (11)

Things are certainly heating up in the race for the Champion's League, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all battling out, and Tottenham possibly coming back to the pack. Next up for the Blue's it's this home clash with seventh placed Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Chelsea may well have revenge on their minds here having lost the reverse of this fixture when going down 2-1 at Molineux.

There won't be any excuses on the injury front in this one, with both sides looking like having a fully fit squad from which to select.

Wolves will be the fresher side heading into the game with Chelsea having been in Europa League action in the week.

Chelsea have been pretty good at home this season. There have been a couple of disappointing goalless draws against Everton and Southampton thrown in there, but they have still only lost one of 14 to date scoring two or more in ten of those games.

Wolves continue to enjoy an excellent return to the top flight and have lost only one of their past seven in the league. They haven't been quite at their best of late though, being beaten by Huddersfield Town and doing no more than was expected when seeing off Cardiff City, for all that their passing was very easy on the eye at times.

Chelsea are playing the better football of these two at present - looking particularly solid at the back - and can pick up the points in front of their own fans.

Prediction: Chelsea 2 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 4 - 2
Shots:  22 - 2
Shots on target: 6 - 1
Corner Kicks: 13 - 0
Possession: 76% - 24%

Matt Doherty, Romain Saiss, Willy Boly and Diogo Jota were all booked for the away side, with referee Michael Oliver also taking the name of Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea.

An utterly dominant performance from Chelsea who were miles clear on all the key stats. All bar the one that counts most. With Wolves scoring with their only shot on target in the match, not only did Chelsea not win this game, they came to within a whisker of losing it. On the balance of play a point was the very least the Blues deserved.

It was all Chelsea in the first half. The home side continually made inroads to the edge of the Wolves area but consistently being let down by that final pass or finish. Goalless at the break.

The second period began in a similar vein, but in the 56th minute Wolves struck on the counter. Lovely passing between Diogo Jota and Raul Jiménez beginning on half way and culminating with Jota slipping on Jiménez in the area. The frontman's stabbed finish deflecting past Kepa Arrizabalaga and bobbling over the line.

Chelsea were on the front foot for the rest of the game and it was backs to the wall stuff from Wolves. Headed into stoppage time though the visitors still held the advantage. Then in the second minute of additional time Eden Hazard received the ball around twenty-two yards from goal, cut inside onto his right and curled an excellent effort into the bottom right corner. 1-1 final score.

This result sees Chelsea lose a little ground in the race for the top four. They stay sixth and do still have a game in hand on those above them but are now three points adrift of fourth placed Arsenal, and with an inferior goal difference. Solid point on the road for Wolves who stay seventh.

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